CPP mobilizes 100,000 Liberians
-for December 17 rally
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
The opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says it has mobilized nearly 100,000 Liberians to join December 17, 2022, protest against alleged hardship under President George Manneh Weah’s regime.
On Monday, 12 December 2022, CPP’s Secretary General Martin Kollah gave updates on the rally planned rally during a news conference held in Sinkor.
The opposition plans to assemble Liberians outside the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville to denounce the alleged suffering that the citizens are undergoing under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) administration.
Following weeks of exchange of threats between the opposition and the ruling party about the rally, the CDC over the weekend postponed a petition ceremony for President Weah’s re-election bid.
The ruling party had opted to hold its petition program at the same venue and on the same date that the opposition is scheduled to rally against the government.
The CPP rally is dubbed ‘We tired suffering,’ and momentum has been building across the capital as the opposition seeks to send a clear message that Liberians are tired of the alleged suffering and ill-treatment from the Weah-led administration.
Giving updates, Mr. Kollah said the CPP has mobilized nearly a hundred thousand Liberians including several groupings.
He said they include Small Businesswomen of Liberia, the Movement of Disenchanted CDCians, the National Mechanic Union of Liberia, the Tailors Union of Liberia, and the Ex- Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), now the CPP Royal Guards.
He said those mobilized also include other political parties that have all committed themselves to the masses.
According to the CPP secretary general, mobilization is ongoing to have more Liberians turn out.
He said they are targeting those that are tired of the suffering from the Weah-led government to express their grievances in a peaceful assembly.
He said the CPP guarantees participants’ safety and protection.
Kollah said already, there have been 75,000 Liberians who have filled in their forms with their names and locations, agreeing to be a part of the rally.
For his part, the chairman of Team Cummings and former Information Minister Lewis Brown said the December 17 peaceful rally is not about which political party you come from.
He explained that it’s about how Liberians are suffering and tired of the suffering.
He said the planned mass rally is to call the attention of the government to the alleged harsh suffering citizens are currently undergoing.
Amb. Brown noted that the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex will be the venue of the rally.
The former Liberian Permanent Representative to the United Nations said this rally is intended to remind President Weah of his broken promises to Liberians at the same place he was sworn into office some five years ago.
“We are returning to the SKD to remind the President of the broken promises to his people,” said Amb. Brown.
“Why are you afraid of the people that gave [you] 61% of the votes?” Amb. Brown wondered.